Slayer Announce Final Leg Of Their Farewell Tour

Slayer have officially announced the final leg of their farewell tour. Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (“vulgar display of Pantera” set) will open.

Tour Dates:

11/02 Asheville, NC – Explore Asheville Arena
11/03 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
11/05 Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
11/06 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
11/08 Springfield, MA – Mass Mutual Center
11/09 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/11 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum Center
11/12 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
11/14 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Arena
11/15 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Center
11/17 Fargo, ND – Fargodome
11/18 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
11/20 Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmore Arena
11/22 Billings, MT – Rimrock Arena
11/24 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
11/26 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
11/27 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Arena
11/30 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

Backtrack To Call It Quits, Announce Farewell Shows

Backtrack have announced that they will be calling it quits after one final world tour. The group commented:

“We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past 11 years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”

Tour Dates:

06/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/16 Richmond, VA – Warehouse (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/17 Atlanta, GA – The Bakery (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/18 Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/19 Louisville, KY – Spanelli’s (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/20 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/21 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/22 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/24 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck (with Rule Them All)
06/25 Montreal, QC – Bar Let Ritz (with Rule Them All)
06/28 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
08/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Lodge Room (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/10 Berkeley, CA – Gilman Street (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/11 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/12 Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8 (with Somerset Thrower)
09/14 Bangkok, THA – Brownstone Studio
09/15 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Angkasa
09/16 Singapore, MAY – Decline
09/18 Jakarta, IND – Rossi Music
09/21 Kawasaki, KAP – Club Citta (‘Bloodaxe Festival‘)
09/25 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar
09/27 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
09/28 Melbourne, AUS – Stay Gold
09/29 Sydney, AUS – Crowbar
09/30 Newcastle, AUS – Hamilton Station
10/02 Brisbane, AUS – Crowbar

A European farewell tour is also being planned for November.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Add More U.S. Dates To Their Farewell Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd have added another U.S. leg to their “Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour.” Bad Company, Hank Williams Jr., and Cody Jinks will join them on select dates.

Tour Dates:

04/27 Indio, CA – Stagecoach
05/10 Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
05/11 Arlington, TX – KAABOO Texas
05/17 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (with Hank Williams Jr.)
05/18 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome (with Hank Williams Jr.)
05/24 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/31 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
06/01 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
07/13 Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
07/19 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
07/20 Walker, MN – Moondance Jam
07/26 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (with Bad Company)
07/27 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre (with Bad Company
08/09 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/16 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
08/17 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
08/23 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
08/30 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
08/31 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (with Hank Williams Jr.)
09/13 Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
09/14 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (with Cody Jinks)
09/20 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
09/21 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green
09/27 Jackson, MS – Brandon Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
09/28 Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)

KISS Add Second North American Leg To Their “End Of The Road” World Tour

KISS have added another North American leg to their “End Of The Road” world tour. Meet-and-greet experiences for the new dates will be available on November 27 at 10 a.m. local time via kissonline.com. KISS Army fan club presale will begin November 28 at 9 a.m. local time and general tickets will go on sale December 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

Tour Dates:

Aug. 06 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
Aug. 08 – Charleston, NC @ North Charleston Coliseum
Aug. 10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug. 14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Aug. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Aug. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Aug. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Aug. 21 – Hershey, PA @ HersheyPark Stadium
Aug. 23 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug. 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 27 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Aug. 29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 31 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sep. 01 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 03 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Sep. 05 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
Sep. 07 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center
Sep. 08 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Sep. 09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Sep. 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sep. 12 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sep. 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Sep. 16 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

KISS Announce First Set Of Dates For Their “End Of The Road” World Tour

KISS have announced the first set of dates for their “End Of The Road” farewell tour. Meet & Greet Experiences will be available on Tuesday (October 30) at 10 a.m. local time via KissOnline.com. As for tickets, a KISS Army fan club presale will launch on October 31 at 10 a.m local time, while a Citi card presale will take place on the same day at 12 p.m. Tickets will officially go on sale to the general public on November 2 at 10 a.m. local time via Live Nation.

The band commented:

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.”

Tour Dates:

Jan. 31 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rogers Arena
Feb. 01 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Moda Center
Feb. 02 – Tacoma, WA @Tacoma Dome
Feb. 04 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
Feb. 07 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Feb. 08 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Feb. 09 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Feb. 12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Feb. 13 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Feb. 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Feb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Feb. 19 – Corpus ChrisW, TX @ American Bank Center
Feb. 20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb. 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Feb. 23 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
Feb. 26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake
Feb. 27 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Mar. 01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
Mar. 02 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Mar. 04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Mar. 06 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Mar. 07 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Mar. 09 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
Mar. 10 – Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad CiWes
Mar. 12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Mar. 13 – Detroit, MI @ Lible Caesars Arena
Mar. 16 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Mar. 19 – Montreal, QC, @ Canada Bell Centre
Mar. 20 – Toronto, ON, @ Canada Air Canada Centre
Mar. 22 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Mar. 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 26 – Boston, MA TD @ Garden
Mar. 27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Mar. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Mar. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Apr. 02 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
Apr. 03 – Obawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
Apr. 06 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
Apr. 07 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Apr. 09 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Apr. 11 – Tampa, FL@ Amalie Arena
Apr. 12 – Jacksonville, FL@ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Apr. 13 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC
May 27 – Leipziger Messe – Leipzig, Germany
May 29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
May 31 – Konigsplatz – Munich, Germany
Jun. 02 – Georg Meiches Stadium – Essen, Germany
Jun. 04 – Waldbuhne – Berlin, Germany
Jun. 05 – Expo-Plaza – Hannover, Germany
Jun. 07 – Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 11 – Ice Arena – St. Petersburg, Russia
Jun. 13 – Dinamon Stadium – Moscow, Russia
Jun. 16 – Nsa Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Jun. 18 – Tauron Arena – Krakow, Poland
Jun. 25 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jun. 27 – Tons Of Rock – Oslo, Norway
Jun. 28 – Trondheim Rocks – Trondheim, Norway
Jul. 02 – Ippodromo Snai San Siro – Milan, Italy
Jul. 04 – Hallenstadion – Zurich, Switzerland
Jul. 06 – Rennbahn – Iffezheim, Germany
Jul. 09 – Birmingham Arena – Birmingham, England
Jul. 11 – O2 Arena – London, England
Jul. 12 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, England
Jul. 14 – Newcastle Arena – Newcastle, England
Jul. 16 – Sse Hydro – Glasgow, Scotland

Slayer’s Farewell Tour Will Extend Throughout 2019

Slayer have confirmed that their final world tour will extend throughout 2019. The band are planning to announce new dates in South America, Australia, and Japan, and are also in the process of booking more legs.

Kerry King commented:

“We always knew this tour would take us into 2019 and we’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America. We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours, or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”

Tom Araya added:

“I just want to take the time out to say thank you to all our fans who have made this first part of this tour phenomenal. You really are loyal and dedicated fans and we appreciate that so much from you. We still have quite a few places to play, so next year, keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time. Again, thank you!”

The group currently have a European tour planned and they are also set to perform at Mexico’s ForceFest on October 7, 2018 and France’s Hellfest on June 23, 2019.

Phil Mogg Says UFO’s Upcoming 50th Anniversary Tour Will Be His Last

Phil Mogg has revealed that UFO’s 2019 50th anniversary tour will be his last. The group will be heading out on one “final tour of the UK and will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with.”

The following message was posted on UFO’s Facebook:

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.”

Mogg turned 70 back in April and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.

“I’m a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: ‘I wonder how old they were…’,” he chuckles. “The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot.”

While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement.

The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision.

“I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.”

Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind.

“For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker.

You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision.

“Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”